Morning links: Bolts a Super Bowl team?

September, 2, 2014
Sep 2
9:40
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Good morning. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report talks with outside linebacker Dwight Freeney, who believes the San Diego Chargers have all of the pieces in place to compete for a Super Bowl in 2014.

That statement might surprise some observers around the NFL, but other San Diego veterans like Antonio Gates have expressed similar sentiment about the Chargers. Still, while the Chargers look talented on paper, they have to prove it on a weekly basis on the field.

Freeney: “This is one of the most talented teams I’ve ever been a part of. We have some real depth on defense. This team is stacked. The biggest thing we’re trying to do is be more consistent. We’re going to play well against the good teams. Don’t worry about that. But we need to play better against the teams that aren’t so good.

“We’re a Super Bowl team because we have the right mentality. There’s a feeling on this team that this is our time.”

The Chargers are three-point underdogs at Arizona, according to most Vegas odds makers -- basically a pick ‘em.

ESPN’s Greg Garber is the only one of our national contributors to pick the Chargers to win the AFC West.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com talks with general manager Tom Telesco about how the roster shapes up heading into the season opener at Arizona.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego writes about addition defensive tackle Ricardo Mathews reuniting with former Indianapolis Colts teammates like Dwight Freeney and Kavell Conner.

Steve Hartman and Judson Richards of Xtra Fox Sports San Diego radio talk with ESPN Cardinals beat writer Josh Weinfuss about the Chargers-Cardinals matchup in this audio link.

Dr. David Chao, writing for the National Football Post, has a good explainer on the physically unable to perform and injured reserve designations, and when teams use them for certain situations.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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